Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Blog

This weekend in Washington is jammed-packed with events, and the Arab American community is participating in all of it. From volunteering during a national day of service, to attending the Inaugural Ball and official swearing-in ceremony Monday, Arab Americans are right at the center of all the action. Following inauguration weekend, AAI will get straight back to work, attending a White House meeting to discuss our community and support for national immigration reform. Here are a couple things we’re doing this weekend; we’ll update you on them over the next few days. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and photos.

Tomorrow: A National Day of Service 

The Arab American Institute is participating in the “Unite America in Service” volunteer event this Saturday as part of inauguration weekend activities and in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This event will bring together thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds to create 100,000 care kits filled with necessities for deployed US Service Members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and First Responders. Arab Americans from the DC metro area will join us, along with students from the University of Toledo and Points of Light and Target, in partnership with Operation Gratitude, the Corporation for National and Community Service, Community Blueprint, Serve DC, HandsOn Greater DC Cares, Volunteer Fairfax, and the George Washington University are part of this national service project in Washington, DC.

Sunday: Celebrating our work over the past four years

AAI is also hosting an Arab American Inaugural Celebration on Sunday evening, and we are honored to have Secretary Ray LaHood as well as Congressmen Nick Rahall and Keith Ellison joining us. Arab American comedians will be featured, including Dean Obeidallah who will be hosting the event, and a performance by GoRemy. Community leaders from all over the country will gather together to celebrate Arab American political participation, the progress our community has made over the years, and the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Tuesday: White House immigration meeting

On the Tuesday following the inaugural festivities, AAI and our Arab American partners are will be at the White House meeting with officials getting right to work on comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration is an important issue to the Arab American community, and leaders will discuss how to assist in the national push for a comprehensive and just approach to immigration reform.

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